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Participants work in teams of two. One member of the team serves as the “communicator”, the other serves as the “surgeon”. The “communicator” is given a picture of the design and instructs the surgeon how to use the materials inside the box trainer to replicate the design. The “communicator” cannot look inside the box trainer nor share with the “surgeon” the picture of the design.
Several designs may be incorporated into the exercise. Pairs are given a maximum time of five minutes to complete each design. A debriefing is conducted to discuss the challenges in completing the simulation.
The focus of surgical simulation training is on technical skill development. Given that communication and teamwork skills are essential for quality patient care, we sought to create a model that could integrate technical, communication and teamwork skills into one simulation exercise.
Enhance manual dexterity and hand eye coordination needed for fundamental laparoscopic skills
Demonstrate clear, concise information sharing
Exhibit teamwork based behaviors
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Smith-Jentsch, K. A., Cannon-Bowers, J. A., Tannenbaum, S. I., & Salas, E. (2008). Guided team self-correction: Impacts on team mental models, processes, and effectiveness. Small Group Research, 39(3), 303-327.
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